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About justmeplease_travel

I travel for both work and leisure. I enjoy outdoor activities, visiting UNESCO Listed sites, and cooking up a storm! It is going to take a life-time for me to visit all of the places on my travel list and I am looking forward to the journey ahead.

Brisbane Busway Doors

Brisbane Busway Doors

I generally do not find anything too interesting about the presence of sliding glass doors.  What makes these doors unique is their placement.

Brisbane Busway Doors
Brisbane Busway Doors

The authorities in the quiet city of Brisbane are so determined to stop tourists and citizens being run over by a bus that they have installed a fence and glass sliding doors on either side of an outdoor pedestrian crossing.

 

Brisbane City Hall, Australia

Doors of Brisbane City Hall

Brisbane City Hall is the pride of the city’s heritage buildings.  When the Hall opened in 1928 it was one of Australia’s most expensive structures. Second only in cost to the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

The original A£480,000 budget estimated by architects Prentice and Hall blew out to over A£1,000,000.

The building underwent extensive restorations from 2010 to 2013. Most of the original interior features have been kept.

Brisbane City Hall, King George Square Entrance
Brisbane City Hall, King George Square Entrance
Fire Services door with brass fittings
Fire Services door with brass fittings
Clock Tower Elevator, Brisbane City Hall
Clock Tower Elevator door, Brisbane City Hall
Inside the hand driven elevator
Door inside the hand driven elevator
Brisbane City Hall, Anne St Entrance
Brisbane City Hall, Anne St Entrance
Brisbane City Hall, Anne St Entrance
Brisbane City Hall, Anne St Entrance
Door in the foyer
Door in the foyer

Getting to Brisbane City Hall

It is a short walk from Central Station to Brisbane City Hall in King George Square.

Westminster Abbey

Doors of Westminster Abbey

The imposing Westminster Abbey has stood by the River Thames for more than 700 hundred years. Memorials throughout the Abbey commemorate the lives of monarchs, statesmen, soldiers, poets, priests and heroes. Many of whom rest beneath the floors or inside elaborate tombs within the church. Westminster Abbey is the stage investing British Kings and Queens who receive the blessing of the church and regalia of a monarch during their Coronation Ceremony.

Thousands of tourists and worshipers pass through the doors of the Abbey every year.

Great North Door, Westminster Abbey, London UK
Great North Door, Westminster Abbey, London UK

Great North Door

Tourists queue outside the Great North door of Westminster Abbey waiting to be admitted to the Nave.

Cameras at the ready they snap photos of the ornate doors and selfies outside the church.

You will have to rely on your memory to describe what you have seen inside as cameras must be put away once you pass the doors.

From the Abbey to the Cloister

You will leave the Abbey with your head full of names, dates, inscriptions and memories of the ornately decorated interior.

Tourists who have completed their tour pass through a small door near Poet’s corner into the corridor that leads to Cloisters and Chapter House.

The square cloister was once part of a monastery that served the Abbey.  At the heart of the Cloister is a simple garden with a bright green lawn.

The perfectly mowed green lawn of the cloister is known as the Garth. It beckons as you stroll along the corridors.

The purpose of the Garth was to give the monks somewhere to rest their eyes and contemplate the thoughts in their minds as they walked around it.

Door between the Cloisters and Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Door between the Cloisters and Westminster Abbey, London, UK
The Cloisters, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
The Cloisters, Westminster Abbey, London, UK

The Cloister, Westminster Abbey, London, UK

The Cloister, Westminster Abbey, London, UK

The Chapter House

The octagonal Chapter House, dates back to the 1250s.  The monks who lived  at the Abbey met at the Chapter House each day to read a chapter from the rule of St Benedict.

The walls are adorned with paintings trimmed in gold that depict scenes from the Apocalypse and Last Judgement.  Many of the paintings have faded or worn away with time.

If you look up you will see a series of beautiful stained glass windows. The windows have been replaced many times since the 1300’s. Some of the current windows were updated after the Abbey was damaged by bombs in WWII.

The vestibule of the Chapter House contains the oldest door in Britain. The door dates back to the 1050s.  The door is rumored to have been built for King Edward. Edward was the last Anglo-Saxon king of England who ruled from 1042 to 1066. He is the only English King canonized by the Catholic Church. The King became known as St.Edward the Confessor after his canonisation.

Entrance to the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Entrance to the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Chapter House Door, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Chapter House Door, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
The Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
The Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Entrance to the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Entrance to the Chapter House, Westminster Abbey, London, UK

Great West Door

The Great West Door of the Abbey leads to the tomb of an unknown British soldier near the start of the nave.

The figures above the Great West Door are a 20th century addition to the Abbey. Queen Elizabeth unveiled the figures of the 10 Christian Martyrs in 1998.

The ten martyrs are:St Maximilian Kolbe, Manche Masemola, Janani Luwum, Grand Duchess St Elizabeth of Russia, Martin Luther King, Óscar Romero, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Esther John, Lucian Tapiedi, and Wang Zhiming.

The Great West Door, Westminster Abbey, London,UK
The Great West Door, Westminster Abbey, London,UK
Christian Martyrs, Great West Door, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Christian Martyrs, Great West Door, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Great West Door, Westminster Abbey, London, UK
Great West Door, Westminster Abbey, London, UK

 

Getting to Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey is a short walk from the Westminster Tube Station.

 

Door Dubai

Door above the bed in Dubai

When I checked into a sleek modern hotel in Dubai that last thing I expected to see above my bed was was studded wooden door!

Door above the bed in Dubai
Door above the bed in Dubai
Door above the bed in Dubai
Door above the bed in Dubai
Door above the bed in Dubai
Door above the bed in Dubai
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia

Doors of Cape Byron Lighthouse

The lighthouse at Cape Byron stands atop the rugged cliffs near Australia’s most easterly point.

Cape Byron Lighthouse Museum, NSW, Australia
Cape Byron Lighthouse Museum, NSW, Australia

The stark white lighthouse with its ornate crown was constructed in 1901. It contains two lights to warn vessels approaching the rocky coastline at night.

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia

The entrance to the lighthouse still has the original wooden doors with brass fittings and frosted glass panels.

The glass panels in the door carry the insignia of the state of New South Wales (NSW).

Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia
Cape Byron Lighthouse, Australia

A glimpse of the stairs that lead to the top of the tower can be seen in the glass panel above an interior door as you enter the foyer. To the right of the foyer is a small museum.

Glimpse of the stairs to the top, Cape Byron Lighthouse, NSW, Australia
Glimpse of the stairs to the top, Cape Byron Lighthouse, NSW, Australia
Doors in a Washington Cafe

Doors in a Washington Cafe

My daughter and I found ourselves in the empty streets of Washington DC on a cold December day.

A cafe serving hot drinks and comfort food was welcome sight.

The walls of the cafe were lined with doors.

Doors of a Washington Cafe
Doors of a Washington Cafe
Doors of a Washington Cafe
Doors of a Washington Cafe
Saint Marks Bascillica

Doors of Saint Mark’s Basilica

Saint Mark’s Basilica

St. Mark is the patron saint of Venice and his symbol of winged lion armed with a sword, and with a book can be see in various places around the Piazza San Marco.

Saint Mark’s Basilica is a stunning Byzantine Cathedral trimmed in gold inside and out. The Basilica is covered in mosaics that display stories about St.Mark, scenes from the old and new testament and the lives of various saints. The Cathedral holds the relics of St.Mark which were brought to Venice in the year 823.

The Basilica was a chapel attached to the Doges Palace for around a 1000 years.  Saint Mark’s was separated from the Palace and became the cathedral of Venice in 1807.

The Basilica is by far the most grandly decorated place I have ever visited. It is well worth purchasing tickets to go inside the Cathedral to study and admire the artworks inside.

The Cathedral is also home to the museum of St. Mark. There are limited opportunities to take photos once you are inside, so you will have to be content with committing most of the elaborate artworks to memory rather than record them with your camera.

Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice
Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice
Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark's Basilica, Venice, Italy
Saint Mark’s Basilica, Venice, Italy

 

Getting to Saint Mark’s Basilica

Saint Mark’s Basilica is located in the the Piazza San Marco. The Piazza can be easily accessed on foot and by water bus.  Gondolas are available if you want little more romance.